Chris Mantle - Senior Food and Health Development Worker

Chris has worked with Edinburgh Community Food since 2011.  He supervises our dynamic Development team and currently works in the South East of Edinburgh as part of Out & About (run in partnership with Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust). This project seeks to reduce social isolation and promote healthier lifestyles through outdoor activities, exercise groups, cooking and nutrition training. 

Chris also manages the administration and delivery of our Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland courses:

In his spare time Chris is a musician, reads a lot and loves going camping on the west coast.

E-mail: [email protected]

Telephone: 0131 467 7326

Jo Howie - Food and Health Development Worker

Jo has worked at Edinburgh Community Food since February 2018 and delivers food and nutrition sessions in the Leith area of Edinburgh.  She is currently managing the Family Smiles project funded by the Scottish Government's Oral Health Challenge Fund. Family Smiles provides a healthy lifestyles programme of cooking and nutrition sessions with families to be delivered in Early Years Centres, HMP Edinburgh Visitor Centre and our own early years groups across Edinburgh. Parents will gain confidence in cooking healthy meals from scratch and understand how to achieve a healthy balanced diet with a focus on improving oral health.

Jo is also an experienced deliverer of the REHIS Elementary Food and Health and Eating Well for Older People course and also oversees the Edinburgh Community Cafe Network.

In her spare time, Jo loves going to the gym and watching her 2 sons play football for Leith Athletic.

E-mail: [email protected]

Telephone: 0131 467 7326

Jess Pearson - Food and Health Development Worker

Jess studied Nutrition at Kingston University in Surrey to become a Registered Associate Nutritionist and specialises in breastfeeding and early years nutrition.  She joined Edinburgh Community Food in October 2017 and is the resident Nutritionist for The Willow Project where she provides nutritional support for women who have been involved in the criminal justice system.  Jess also delivers the REHIS Elementary Food and Health course and runs a cooking group for young parents in the South of Edinburgh as part of the Out & About project.

When Jess isn't at work, you will most likely find her pushing her daughter in a swing at the park, doing arts and crafts or attempting to drink a hot cup of tea.

E-mail: [email protected]

Telephone: 0131 4676 7326

Lesley Curtis - Edible Edinburgh Co-ordinator

Lesley has been the Edinburgh Sustainable Food Places Co-ordinator since March 2019.  This is a city-wide role where she is responsible for driving the delivery of the Edinburgh Sustainable Food Places Action Plan with the aim of making Edinburgh an exemplar Sustainable Food Places.  Her role has helped the Edible Edinburgh partnership work towards achieving the Sustainable Food Cities Bronze award in June 2019. The partnership are currently working towards the silver award

Email: [email protected]